Spypoint Force Pro Trail Camera Review
The Spypoint Force Pro is a no glow camera that sports improved picture quality, long battery life and fast detection capabilities. This is a solid no glow trail camera for 2021.- TCP Staff
Model #Force-Pro | Spypoint Force Pro Owners Manual
Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:
Mpxl Rating | Video Resolution
Battery Life:28+ Months
Resting Power(on) | Daytime Power Consumption | Nighttime Power Consumption
Trigger Speed & Detection:91/100
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed | Video Trigger & Recovery Speed | Detection Range
Quality of Design:82/100
Dimensions | Battery Type | External Battery Jack
Trail Camera Review
- Improved picture quality
- Incredible battery life when in picture mode
- Fast detection circuit
- Only 2.4 months of battery life in video mode
- Narrow detection zone (29°)
Photo Resolution: 30 mpxl (interpolated)
Video Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (10 frames per second) or 1920 x 1080 (30 fps)
Flash Type: No glow IR
Day pictures show an improvement over past Spypoint cameras and offer more realistic color and pretty good clarity. Night picture have above average flash range and strong contrast, but do tend to overexpose close animals. Overall, this 30 megapixel camera takes solid pictures.
The Spypoint Force Pro is a "4K" camera, but like most other 4K cameras, they reduce the frames per second to such a low level that the videos are far too shaky to be useful for most people. In fact, after running a camera in 4K we immediately switched to 1920 x 1080 (30 fps) and won't be going back. We are not fans of low fps, so our recommendation is to stick with 1080 video on this 30 megapixel camera.
Night IR Blur Test
The equipment for the test consists of a target moving along a track from left to right at a constant speed controlled by a stepper motor and a sensor to trigger the capture of a picture near the center of the field of view of a trail camera.
The target is moving at 1.25 feet per second and is 10 feet from the camera at the center of field of view. The test is conducted in a dark room. Two pictures are taken, one with the target not moving and one with the target in motion. A visual comparison can now be made of the two pictures. All settings that affect the quality of night photos will be tested.
What if you purchase from us and aren't happy with the image quality?
This is a common question and we have a very simple solution. Call, email, or chat with us and we can take a look at the images and offer suggestions or immediately tell if something is wrong with the camera. If so, we will warranty the Spypoint Force-Pro 30 megapixel camera for you (with the free 2-Year warranty you receive from us) or return the camera for a full refund (within 90 days of purchase). You have control of the process, remember, we work for you.
In the past, many people get confused with the megapixel rating trail camera manufacturers advertise. Companies inflate the mpxl rating to attract eyes to their products. They do this through interpolation, which digitally adds megapixels to a photo without actually improving the picture.
The best way to judge picture quality is to look at actual pictures. You will notice this the most when you zoom in on a full-size image that a camera has taken. The details of the photo will appear hazy or even digitized. This is normal, and to be expected of a 30 megapixel camera.
Picture & Video Resting Power (on): 0.57 mW
Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 0.7 Ws | 2.3 Ws
Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 13.3 Ws | 82.1 Ws
If this Spypoint Force-Pro camera were to take 35-day pictures and 35-night pictures every 24 hour period, this 30 megapixel camera would last 28.1 months in the field on a set of lithium batteries. This is phenomenal battery life.
If this Spypoint Force-Pro 30 megapixel camera were to take 15-day and 15-night videos (10-second videos) every 24 hours, it would last 2.4 months in the field on a set of lithium batteries. This is slightly below average.
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.18 s. | 1.3 s.
Video Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.55 s. | 1.6 s.
Detection Range & Angle: 100 ft. @ 29° detection angle (37.3° field of view)
The Spypoint Force Pro might not have the traditional insanely fast detection circuit of other Spypoint cameras, but it is still plenty fast in both picture a video mode. Make no mistake, this is a fast 30 megapixel trail camera.
The detection range is an impressive 100' but the Spypoint Force Pro does have a narrow detection angle that is 8° narrower than the field of view (which is also a bit narrower than the traditional 42° found in the average camera).
Dimensions: 5" x 4" x 3"
Battery Type: 8 AA
External Battery Jack: 12-volt
The Force Pro has a very familiar case design to other Spypoint cameras on the market. The camera's case feels a bit thin and flimsy but the latch is large and easy to manipulate.
The Force Pro has a python bracket on the back of the case for the popular cable lock and a threaded insert on the bottom of the camera for a Slate River Mount. The SD card is easy to install and remove and the battery compartment holds batteries well. Overall, very normal case design and nothing funky to report.
Set up is very basic and intuitive. There isn't a single thing that should trip anyone up. You can expect a simple, old-school menu with a large LCD screen that is easy on the oldest of eyes.
We have no current concerns over durability, if anything arises, we will immediately update this review.
Keep in mind, our 2-year warranty program is your free insurance program in case something goes wrong with a camera you purchase from us. This warranty protects you from any manufacturing defect the camera might experience for two years.
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FAQ's: Trail Camera
Q: Will this trail camera trigger on small animals (birds, rodents, etc.)?
A: Trail cameras detect on a combination of heat and movement, so, yes, small mammals will trigger the camera. However, if you are going after smaller warm-blooded mammals, we recommend getting the camera closer to your target. For best performance, place the camera in an area that would enable picture detection from 3 - 20 ft.
Q: Can animals see the infrared flash on this camera?
A: This is somewhat controversial. Humans can't see the flash as the nanometer spectrum is above what the human eye can detect. It's also much harder for an animal to see, but that could depend on the species of animal as different species see in different light spectrums.
Q: Where can I purchase this camera?
A: From us! We hope to woo you with our incredible charm, two-year warranty, 90-day returns, free continental U.S. shipping, and technical expertise. If that isn't enough, we give you a 16 Gig SD card with this camera and you can call and talk our ear off anytime.
Seriously, though, we know you have plenty of options of where to spend your hard-earned money. The internet can be the wild, wild, west of too-good-to-be-true deals. If you choose to do business with us, we will go out of our way to make sure you are happy with the camera you select and the service we provide you.
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